With no new Rob Marshall film due until Christmas, 2009, The Criterion Collection has kindly decided to help us through by releasing four films by Kenji Mizoguchi on its budget Eclipse label. Included in “Kenji Mizoguchi’s Fallen Women” are the great Japanese filmmaker’s twin masterpieces of 1936, “Osaka Elegy” and “Sisters of the Gion”; his postwar neorealist drama “Women of the Night” (1948); and his final film, the rough and confounding “Street of Shame” (1956). Details in the New York Times.
I was saddened to learn that Andrew Johnston, a gifted, enthusiastic film and television critic for “Time Out New York” and many other print and online publications, died on Sunday after a struggle with cancer. Keith Ulrich of The House Next Door (where Andrew covered “The Wire” and “Mad Men”) passes along word that there will be a memorial for Andrew on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7 pm at the Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street in New York City. He will be missed.